We wish to clear the air regarding the considerable consternation regarding the type of bicycles that will be permitted to participate in the event. Simply stated, any human powered vehicle that has one, two, three, or even four wheels (yes, there was a four wheeled bicycle in last years event) is qualified. With regard to frame material, it may be manufactured from steel, aluminum, titanium, bamboo or even brass. And, with an unequivocal and resounding “Yes!” to the Scorchers* among you who wish to ride a bicycle manufactured from that new fangled synthesized fibrous carbonite material**. As far as we are concerned, it can be made from old gas pipe and held together with bailing wire and bubble gum. If you can pedal it and control its course, it’s welcome to join in the festivities.
Skirt or Bloomers?
While we may not be able to match the scope of events that took place in the late 1800’s we shall definitely attempt to be on parity in spirit! http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=The_Great_Bicycle_Parade_of_1896
If you desire more reading about the era, particularly from the perspective of a woman, please follow the like below:
* Definition of a Scorcher by Sheldon Brown: “A fast, reckless cyclist who scares horses and old folks. This term was current in the late 19th century.”
**More commonly referred to as “Carbon Fiber”